How to Make Sure Your Windows are Ready for Winter

When winter comes around, it can be hard to predict what kind of weather you are going to experience. This can often lead to homes everywhere being hit pretty hard, both in damage and in costs, especially if they are unprepared. One of the biggest components of a home that is often missed is the condition of the windows. Windows need to be in good condition to withstand the harsh winter elements. Here are some top tips to help you minimize the issues you could face this season.

#1 Are your windows sealed properly?

The first thing you should do is check your windows to see if there are any spaces or gaps between the window frame and the structure of the building. If you find there is a draft, you will also find that heat is going to quickly escape and the cold is going to come in, which can also result in costly energy bills. This issue may seem small, but if it is not sorted quickly, then it will only get bigger and can cause more problems later down the line such as damage, damp and mold. Make sure you address any gaps or spaces around your doors and windows and get them fixed with good quality and weatherproof sealant. For smaller areas with a draft, you can also use insulation foam or tape. 

#2 Do you have a lot of condensation on your windows?

If you find you have a lot of condensation in your home, then you may have a humidity problem. Condensation can not only cause damage to your home with mold, but it can also be bad for your health. Every home is different, so it may require a little bit of trial and error to figure out what the right level of humidity is best for your home, to stop the condensation. Try opening a window every day to allow the moist air to escape, alternatively you can use an exhaust fan or a dehumidifier to improve the air circulation. 

#3 Are your window frames old and decaying?

The condition of the window frames is just as important as the windows themselves. Without a sound structure, you may end up with a broken window, which is the last thing you want, especially in the winter months. Make sure you check all of your window and door structures to make sure they are not old and/or decaying. If you find they are, you should contact a reputable and trusted contractor, such as to get them fixed as soon as possible.

#4 Extra protection

If you live in an area that is susceptible to storms, then it may be worth investing in extra protection for your home, for example, by using a window screen or a specialist storm window. These are designed to withstand harsh winds and the pressure of the elements, which can save you a lot of time and trouble. 

Windows that are in a good condition will make a huge difference to how protected and warm you stay in your home over the winter months. Make sure you check them every year, with enough time to resolve any problems if they were to arise. 

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